BILL TRACKER

As bills move through the 2021 Legislative Session, priority bills will be added and updated regularly to reflect legislative actions.

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Senate Bill 2001 – adjusts salary schedule for certified teachers as follows: increases starting salary for certified teachers by $1,110 to $37,000 and increases salary for all other certified teachers by $1,000, beginning in 2021-2022 school year; increases salary for assistant teachers from current $14,000 to $15,000, beginning in 2021-2022 school year.

  • Referred to Senate Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/5/2021
  • Passed by Senate Education Committee, 1/13/2021
  • Passed by Senate Appropriations Committee, 1/19/2021
  • Passed by Senate, 1/21/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2064 – allows income tax credits for costs related to private school tuition or fees and home school expenses.

  • Referred to Senate Finance Committee, 1/5/2021 

The Parents’ Campaign favors a nay vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2149 – holds school districts harmless regarding average daily attendance for the purposes of calculating Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding for the 2021-2022 school year; provides for the Mississippi Department of Education to use 2019-2020 average daily attendance in lieu of current year attendance. 

  • Referred to Senate Education Committee, 1/8/2021 
  • Committee substitute bill presented, amends to specify that previous year’s attendance will be used for calculation except in cases in which school district attendance has increased (line 68), 1/13/21
  • Committee substitute passed by Senate Education Committee, 1/13/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2267 – provides for the Mississippi Department of Education to grant a standard five-year license to any teacher who holds a valid standard license from another state, subject to background check.

  • Referred to Senate Education Committee, 1/12/2021
  • Amended in committee to require MDE to grant the license within 30 days of completed application (line 383) and to make the legislation effective upon passage (lines 628-629), 1/13/2021
  • Passed by Senate Education Committee, 1/13/2021 

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2305 – establishes the William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program for first-time teachers in public school districts of Mississippi, with priority given to teachers in geographical critical teacher shortage areas.

  • Referred to Senate Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/14/2021
  • Committee substitute passed by Senate Education Committee, 1/20/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 852 – adjusts salary schedule for certified teachers as follows: increases starting salary for certified teachers by $1,110 to $37,000 and increases salary for all other certified teachers by $1,000, beginning in 2021-2022 school year; increases base salary for assistant teachers from current $14,000 to $15,200, beginning in 2021-2022 school year.

  • Referred to House Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/18/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1123 – amends ELC statute; increases per student funding for Early Learning Collaboratives to $2,500 for full-day and $1,125 for half-day programs; changes curriculum and reporting requirements; sets goal to serve 25 percent of four-year-olds by beginning of 2023-2024 school year.

  • Referred to House Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/18/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1178 – amends statute to calculate Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding based on Average Daily Membership rather than Average Daily Attendance; changes “63% of the instructional day” provision to “60% of the normal day.”

  • Referred to House Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/18/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1179 – establishes the William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program for first-time teachers in public school districts of Mississippi, with priority given to teachers in geographical critical teacher shortage areas.

  • Referred to House Education and Appropriations Committees, 1/18/2021

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

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